This is something that I recently discovered and it is pretty amazing. I have always boiled my crab legs, mostly because I don’t have a steamer basket (guess that needs to go on my list eventually) but also because it’s a pretty tasty method. However, I recently decided to do some research on the best ways to prepare certain types of crab legs/clusters and came across this method using the oven.
If you have foil, a large baking dish and some water you have a great way to steam crab legs in your oven. The crab meat comes out like a charm and tastes soooooo good, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Fill 1/8 of the baking dish with water and cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Poke a lot of small holes in the foil, make sure it stays tight though.
Place crab legs/clusters on top of the foil and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes (you may have to cook in batches if you have a lot of crab legs).
Eat & Enjoy!
My Tastee Tips
It’s kind of hard to keep the crab legs from poking or being to heavy for the foil. A quick fix, grab a few skewers and run them across the baking dish then place the crab legs on top of the skewers (I only used like 3 skewers, no need to go crazy with them).
Do not throw away the shells from your crab legs! Use them to make a shellfish stock that is great to have when making gumbo, soup, stew and bisque, just to name a few. Store the shells in a plastic storage bag and place in the fridge if your going to make the stock within 24 hours however if it’s going to be any longer than that, store them in the freezer. It is easy to make and makes a big difference in flavor! This can also be done with shrimp shells. (I will try to get a recipe up for shellfish stock soon!)